With the NHL Trade Deadline now just 24 hours away, things continue to be fairly quiet around the Ottawa Senators.
While Ben Bishop's name continues to pop up in the rumour mill, Sens GM Bryan Murray is no hurry to move one of his goalies, particularly with the status of Craig Anderson still up in the air. With that said, the Senators will certainly make some calls and listen to any and all offers over the next 24 hours.
The trade action has already started to pick up around the NHL, with four deals going down on Monday. Robyn Reghr is a member of the Kings and the Flames continued their housecleaning, shipping Jay Bouwmeester to the St. Louis Blues. If you read the report from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, Calgary may not be finished either as they have shown an interest in Ben Bishop, and may be willing to part with forward Curtis Glencross in a trade.
This is exactly the type of deal Murray would consider pre-deadline. A reasonable contract, for a relatively productive top six forward. As Pierre LeBrun indicated yesterday, the Sens are getting calls on Bishop and are telling teams that they want a top 6 forward in return.
The Senators are obviously stocked with quality prospects on forward and defence but it certainly sounds like the primary asset teams are after is Ben Bishop. How Ottawa handles their goaltending depth in the next day will not only depend on the offers they receive, but also the health of Craig Anderson. Anderson is on the road trip but not expected to be available for tonight's game.
The Senators are in Boston tonight to take on those damn Bruins. Game Day post coming up in a little bit.
- You'd have to think Bryan Murray keeps a close eye on the situation in Dallas. Tough loss for the Stars last night and they may have slipped into the "seller" category with deadline a day away. Ottawa has some interest in both Derek Roy and Jaromir Jagr. Plenty of teams do though.